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    Protesters in Sweden trampled by police horses

    Swedish police say several people have been injured today - one seriously - when mounted police charged around 1,000 demonstrators protesting against an election rally by the far-right, 'The Party of Swedes'.

    'Police spokeswoman Ewa-Gun Westford said Saturday that officers on horseback chased rock-throwing demonstrators who were "causing violent riots." '

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    The weirdest thing; I was trying to find the name of 'The Party of Swedes' in Swedish, to find out more about what the protests are about.

    I clicked on a link where a website had half an article about the party (Svenskarnas Parti in Swedish) with a 'Read More' at the bottom. When I clicked that, it took me to a '404 Page Not Found' error on another website.....based in St Louis, Missouri. Which then popped up lots of articles about Michael Brown. WTH?
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    That photograph is pretty grim.

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    ETA: Sites I referred to above in my previous post.

    Unfortunately, I don't feel able to link either, as they don't appear to have proper links etc for their articles. I'll check with a mod though, as it would be interesting to hear other's ideas about this odd connection....
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    Not to make light of the injuries, but in related news, Swedes everywhere celebrated the first interesting thing to happen in their country since 1650.

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    a reuters article

    Police arrested nine people at the march where supporters of the Party of the Swedes were confronted by a counter demonstration by opponents who consider them neo-Nazis.

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/0...0GN0OD20140823

    Party of the Swedes (Swedish: Svenskarnas parti) is a neo-Nazi[1][2][3][4]political party in Sweden. The party describes itself as nationalist, based on a genetic foundation.[5]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyra500 View Post
    That photograph is pretty grim.
    You know, I'm looking at the horse body language. Notice that all the horses' necks are strained and waaaaay up, showing throats and chests clearly. The reins are tight on all the horses, too...and subsequent photos look like the horses are stumbling and tripping. One rider looks like he's struggling to stay aboard.

    This is telling me that the horses stampeded. Which, for police horses, is pretty damned rare. *Something* set them off somehow. Again, pretty rare for police horses...their desensitizing programs are pretty strenuous and rigorous.

    And also note that from what the photos show, the horses are doing their best to not step on the humans. Horses have an instinctive hesitation to step on people - not because they know they're people, but because it's poor footing (and tends to scream, which is problematic, LOL). While do see one horse stepping directly on a person, it also looks like it's trying to not put weight on that hoof.

    However, having been stepped on innumerable times, and in one horrible instance trampled inside a trailer (got knocked out...and knocked out of the trailer, too...I woke up UNDER the trailer; apparently I rolled under it to avoid my horse; I don't remember most of the incident), horses weigh a LOT, and their hooves/shoes are sharp. And I don't envy any one who finds themselves on the underside of a horse...

    I really wonder what happened - for one horse to spook and stampede is one thing; having a bad day, teeth issue, gear issue...but to have ALL of them go off? Energy must've been very high, and something *really* set them off.

    (I should say that I still have the horse who used me as a rug, and love him dearly...he is very, very high strung, though...bless his beanhead heart).

    I hope all victims and horses are all right. And yes, Nova, since 1650. LOLOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    Not to make light of the injuries, but in related news, Swedes everywhere celebrated the first interesting thing to happen in their country since 1650.
    Hilarious. So funny that the thumbs up wasn't enough.

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    Just going by that Wiki article I can see where they are nationalistic racialists and perhaps authoritarian but calling them neo-Nazi seems like a bit of inflammatory hyperbole. Since when were Nazis animal rights advocates and environmentalists? It's a little like calling a Libertarian a neo-anarchist.
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    I have no clue. I know zero about politics or even the process in Sweden let alone the party. And we all know how reliable Wiki is.

    I was just googling to try to find something about this party since Zwie was having troubles finding much about them.
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    “On Saturday, November 22nd, the National Socialist Front (NSF) decided to transfer all of its assets to the newly started People’s Front party as we feel this party has the ability to rebuild a Swedish Sweden. This also means a closing of the books for the National Socialist Front,” the group writes on its website.
    According to the magazine Expo, the group has done away with all references to Hilter, but continues to fight for an ethnically homogeneous Sweden.

    http://www.thelocal.se/20081125/15918

    The party was founded as The People's Front (Folkfronten) in November 2008 by members of the now defunct National Socialist Front and is chaired by Stefan Jacobsson.[6] The name of the party was changed in 2009 to avoid confusion and loss of votes in the upcoming 2010 elections; when they filed an application to the Election Authority of Sweden it became apparent that a newly established socialist group had been registered under the same name only weeks before to block them from using that party name.[7]

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    More detailed article. Rocks and flares thrown, police ride towards protestors to disperse them.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti..._campaign=1490
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    Mmmm. I don't know anything about the Svenskarnas Parti, but living in Germany as I do, I know this; if you cross those symbols on those banners the Svenskarnas Parti marchers are holding in the picture here, you get a swastika.

    http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel...rtikel=5817089
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    I'm familiar with the political party in question, but that's neither here nor there. I feel bad for the horses; they didn't sign up for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    Not to make light of the injuries, but in related news, Swedes everywhere celebrated the first interesting thing to happen in their country since 1650.
    Hey, what about the 'serial killer' of 30 people, who just got released this year?
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